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Art Waves is an arts-interview radio program which airs live every Sunday evening from 7 to 8 at 10l.5 FM. Google "1015 The Hawk" to listen to the program in real time, or find podcasts of past programs here.



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The Groeneweg brothers, Jonathan & Laine, share Smokestack Studio at The Cotton Factory. It’s a printmaker’s dream. Laine oversees the analogue printing, while Jonathan handles the digital printing. Referring to it as a print playground, they added Smokestack Gallery as a space to showcase the work they do for artists. This encompasses both printmaking for its own sake, using a variety of materials, & the documenting of an artist’s body of work for their records. Their practice is...
Topics: Smokestack Studio, The Cotton Factory, Covid, collaborative printmaking, woodcuts, etchings,...
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Greg Smith is a book designer, printer, teacher & practitioner of all the book arts. This years marks the 30 th anniversary of blindpigpress in Grimsby. To hear how Smith got into line behind such luminaries as William Morris, Carl Dair and Bill Poole, to marry Art & Craft, join us for another magical hour of Art Waves.
Topics: P.G. Wodehouse, Fluffy Cloud Workshop, Gail Smith, Beamsville, Niagara College, blindpigpress, Nest...
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Every artist should have a website & Stan White’s case proves it. He decided he needed a broader platform for his work than his books of poetry have given him, so he called on his technologically gifted son-in-law to be his webmaster. The result ( www.stanjwhite.com ) has brought not only his poetry, but his short stories and 3-D photographs to people the world over. ESL students in Brazil have begun using his site to learn English, since they have the text to pair with Stan’s reading!...
Topics: websites, webmaster, Elon Musk, Photoshop Version 3, film to digital, hacking, twitter, gmail,...
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Throw a big curve ball at Rachel Riordan—computers, twins, Covid—and she’ll grow a new arm, like a starfish. Hers was the last graduating class at Canadore College to be taught design without computers. She was just cresting the wave in advertising illustration when she got pregnant with twins. But Riordan brings the warm hum of creative energy into every new day, and her work is quite simply stunning.
Topics: Paul Riss, Toronto, Canadore College, North Bay, advertising illustration, Manitoulin Island, OCAD,...
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At 70, Hamilton’s Tower Poetry Society is the oldest volunteer-run poetry organization in North America. Gaiyle Connolly is not only a poet & a member, but she has coordinated the events celebrating this august occasion—during a Pandemic lockdown! With her Committee she has turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse, found the silver lining to the black cloud, and flipped every metaphor to Tower’s advantage. Tune in to see how she did it.
Topics: Tower Poetry Society, Development & Peace, Conavigua, Guatemala, The Book Band, Trudi & GW...
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As a preschooler in Montreal, when Richard Talbot’s mother would tell him it was time to take a nap, he would protest that he wanted to draw instead. She let him. Art is everything to him, & always has been. Talbot is passionate about creative pursuits, be they graphic design, typography, music or painting. To spend an hour with him is to feel the force of inspiration.
Topics: OCAD, George Brown, Humber College, Sheridan College, American Institute of Graphic Design, ANDY...
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Andrew Mactavish is so passionate about birding and bird photography, that it has become the subject of his research at McMaster, where he teaches media arts production and digital culture. Why has birding become such a huge pastime, and how can it help us turn the tide on environmental degradation? Tune in and find out.
Topics: McMaster University, Birds of Ontario in Photographs, environmentalism, photography, Hamilton...
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25 years after she wrote it, Bernadette Rule is publishing her first novel. It’s based on true events that unfolded one hundred years ago, June 25, 1921. Dark Fire details the lives, and finally the deaths by brutal murder of eleven young people, the Drews & the Lawrences, who ranged in age from 35 years to 3 months. They were her father’s first cousins. No one was ever prosecuted for the massacre. With this book Rule tries to give the victims back their lives in the only way she can....
Topics: dark-fired tobacco, burley tobacco, Simcoe, Delhi, The Black Patch Wars, Night Riders, Buck Duke,...
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John Terpstra returns to Art Waves with his 11 th book of poems, Call Me Home (Gaspereau Press). It’s beautiful outside and inside, with poems that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. And, for something completely different, he has added a short essay about his writing practice.
Topics: Adam MacKenzie Smith, Gaspereau Press, Kentville NS, Andrew Steeves, Olympia typewriters,...
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Hamilton-born Natalie Hunter comes from a family of makers, people who quilt, crochet & build model ships. She credits this for awakening her passion for art. Her goals are to create meditative spaces, which tap into the senses to give the viewer insight into the relationship between time, light & memory. She wants her art to let you see yourself seeing. Art, she says, is a visual language that transcends the verbal.
Topics: University of Waterloo, Brock Univ., AGH, Supercrawl, The Cotton Factory, Smokestack Gallery, Keira...
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Krista Foss returns to Art Waves with the publication of her second novel, Half Life, a story of frustrated ambition. While this story shares some general elements with her own life, the similarities end there, as the book veers away into complete fiction. Foss is as captivating as ever as she explains that writing, for her, is an act of discovery, as she tracks the “emotional lodestar” she senses at the end of her characters’ journey.
Topics: McClelland & Stewart, Smoke River, the Journey Prize, the Prism International Creative...
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Clarence Porter has cast his fate to the wind at least twice in his life. After high school he decided to embrace art fully and try to earn his living with his inborn talent and passion for truly seeing the world around him and then trying to make even more of it. After a successful career as a commercial artist, he decided to move from Toronto to Hamilton and take up a new love, pastels. To meet a gifted man who thrives in positivity, tune in to Art Waves #417.
Topics: pastels, commercial art, cartoon superheroes, Jack Kirby, Indianapolis, jazz, Dizzy Gillespie,...
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Klyde Broox may have experienced one of the more productive & surprisingly positive pandemic lockdowns, “trapped” in Jamaica with family he hadn’t seen for years, and rethinking his next book. Always a fascinating artist to interview, Broox doesn’t disappoint this time. For a rollicking and revelatory hour, tune in to Art Waves #416.
Topics: semiocapitalism, economics, poetry, Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, poeticians, Soul at Work, Wolsak &...
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Because he came to writing biography late (in his 40s), James King has wasted no time. He has written 12 of them, plus 6 novels, several nonfiction books, & the two biographical projects he’s working on right now. In his career he has delved into the lives & work of some of the English speaking world’s greatest writers & artists, including Margaret Laurence, Virginia Woolf, Lawren Harris & Paul Nash. For a fascinating episode, tune in to Art Waves #415.
Topics: Virginia Woolf, Margaret Lawrence, Lawren Harris, David Milne, Michael Snow, McMaster, Alan Walker,...
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Sara Traficante plays classical flute, but doesn’t limit herself to that style of music. Proud owner of many different types of flutes & wind instruments, she also plays for film & television, & for modern artists such as The Arkells & Jeremy Fisher. Having been blessed by passionate teachers, she has become one herself, teaching at Redeemer & McMaster. As half of Azuline Duo, with her partner Emma Rush, Traficante has just released another beautiful CD, Fandango.
Topics: Anne With An E, CBC/Netflix, The Arkells, Hidden Pony, Twin Within, Jeremy Fisher, Azuline Duo,...
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Classical guitarist Emma Rush returns to Art Waves to tell us about her latest CD, Wake the Sigh . This is a remarkable collection of pieces for guitar written by 19 th century women. Who knew? Rush is amazing, & floating on top of everything else about this project is her stunning guitar playing itself .
Topics: Azuline Duo, Sara Traficante, McMichael Gallery's Group of Seven Guitar Project, Bruce Cockburn,...
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Writer John Terpstra returns to Art Waves with not one but 2 books he is releasing during the Covid 19 Pandemic Lockdown. Obviously, there is no holding him back. One is Wild Hope , a book of prayers & poems from the St. Thomas Poetry Series. The other is Call Me Home , which will be published in the spring by Gaspereau Press. To unmask Mr. Terpstra, join us for another delightful conversation on Art Waves #412--socially distanced of course.
Topics: Covid 19 pandemic, Hamilton Book Awards, Governor General's Award for Poetry, RBC Taylor Prize for...
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Dec 9, 2020
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Besides his wife & twin children, the three most important things in Paul Riss’s life are birding, punk music & his work as an advertising creative. He was the star & the subject of the documentary, Rare Bird Alert, by Dream Street Pictures. A rare bird indeed, Riss balances the award-winning commercials he’s made for multi-national corporations, by producing first rate work at low or no cost to groups & companies that can’t afford to hire someone like him. Grab your...
Topics: documentary, Dream Street Pictures, Rick LeGuerrier, Michael Melski, Rare Bird Alert, advertising,...
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Andrea Jackman is a curator at Earls Court Gallery, which represents both living artists & historical artists from the Hamilton area. She finds both aspects of her work fascinating, & feels passionately that art is key to a community’s growth.
Topics: Earls Court Gallery, Pat Foss, commercial gallery, the business aspect of art, Univ. of Waterloo,...
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Lance Darren Cole spent an idyllic childhood in a "functioning family" with the escarpment as his playground.  He still loves to walk the trails & explore the waterfalls of Hamilton, but now, instead of building forts & sundials, he builds poems & stories.  For an enchanting hour, tune in to Art Waves #408.
Topics: Mount Hamilton Henderson Hospital, tall tales, waterfalls, Hamilton escarpment, Theatre Aquarius,...
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Kindergarten teacher Bruce Simpson has written many songs for children, & he has told many stories to them; then one day a simple but profound idea came to him, which has now taken the form of his first picture book: Paislee and the Talking Tree . When local artist Rae Bates “brought the book to life” through her illustrations, he was ready to share this story about our relationship with Nature, about friendships waiting to happen, & about one very bright little girl who was open to...
Topics: kindergarten, pollinator gardens, Mrs. Elke Goindi, Rae Bates, Bellmoore School, Binbrook, the...
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David Haskins’ latest book, Blood Rises , comprises poems written over the last several decades and takes us from the North Pole to Machu Picchu. It covers the emotional landscape as well, from something as mundane as pruning a raspberry bush, to the depths of losing a beloved life partner. Says Haskins, no matter how ardently we yearn and reach, the answers we are seeking lie within.
Topics: Guernica Editions, Wolsak & Wynn, The Oxfordian, Windsor Review, Fiddlehead, Prism, The Onion,...
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Unfortunately, the Coronavirus pandemic provides a perfect context in which to discuss horror & the body -- our Horror Panel 2020 theme. Weirdly enough, the Panel chose this topic way back in the “normal” year of 2019. Hmmmmm.... Join “Zoombies” BD Ferguson & Aaron Allen for a lively & often hilarious dissection of horror classics involving the body.
Topics: Hamilton Zombie Walk, Hexploitation Film Festival, Next Episode, Victorian literature, Rhonda...
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Ever since she can remember, Michelle Guitard has been “making something out of something”. An acrylic painter of landscapes, florals & other elements of nature, she began running workshops & classes to supplement her income, and fell in love with teaching. She says it inspires her & helps her to grow in her own art.
Topics: University of Guelph, Georgian College, York University, acrylic painting, art therapy, McMaster,...
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Ross Belot’s new book of poems, Moving to Climate Change Hours, explores our complex dependency on fossil fuels & the unfortunate consequences. Having worked in the oil & gas industry for thirty years, he is well qualified to write about this, both in terms of experience & conscience. He has devoted about twenty years to the craft of poetry & it shows .
Topics: St. Mary's College of California, CBC's Poetry Prize, The National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms,...
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Trevor Hodgson is the third 90-year-old man (well, he’s almost 90) I’ve interviewed on Art Waves in the past two months—and they are all from England, and brilliant. An abstract artist, inspiring teacher, beloved former director of the DVSA, & jazz clarinetist, Hodgson is that rare person: extremely gifted, & extremely humble. Thank goodness his son Paul was there to help strike a balance & sing his praises, which you’ll want to do too after listening to Art Waves #402.
Topics: Carnegie Gallery, Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, A Visit to the Winter Palace, Pandemic 2020,...
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Trevor Hodgson is the third 90-year-old man (well, he’s almost 90) I’ve interviewed on Art Waves in the past two months—and they are all from the north of England! Must be something in the water—they’re all also brilliant. An abstract artist, inspiring teacher, beloved former director of the DVSA, & jazz clarinetist, Hodgson is that rare person: extremely gifted, & extremely humble. Thank goodness his son Paul was there to help strike a balance & sing his praises, which...
Topics: Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, A Visit to the Winter Palace, Pandemic...
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Urban designer and architect Ken Coit believes the public art of a place is the best way to tell the collective story of its people. It's the embodiment of You Are Here.  He wants to see artists take their rightful place of importance. He says “Buildings learn over time.” As he talks about temporary and long-term art, & the architecture of subtraction, you’ll see why he may be the perfect person for his job: Manager of Placemaking, Public Art & Projects for the City of Hamilton...
Topics: Coronavirus Pandemic, The Burlington Urban Design Review Committee, OMB, Jane Jacobs, The City of...
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Threshold Choirs are an ancient idea, but they are relatively new to North America. Director of Spirit Song, a threshold singing group that works in St. Peter's Hospital in Hamilton, Beverly Horton explains the power of singing for the seriously ill or the dying, as well as for their families and caregivers. For an hour you won't forget, open your ears to the beautiful voice of Beverly Horton.
Topics: End of Life support, Death Doulas, First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Rachel Derry, Rachel &...
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Follow Marjan Mozetich from his childhood in the north end of Hamilton to his position among the most honoured composers of Canada. He got there on the bright path of music, and he closes the story with one that is a parable for the power of art. We added a bonus track at the end, so you'll hear Unfolding Sky first, performed by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta on the Analekta label, and then Dance of the Blind, performed by Joseph Petric for CBC Musica Viva.
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Topics: north end Hamilton, Kingston, Juno Award, SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award, royalties,...
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In his third book, Sonnets for Saharan Nights, G.W. Down sets up a fictional story of unrequited love. He plays with the sonnet form in a variety of ways, all of which provided a welcome challenge for him, but none of which impedes a 21 st century reader's ability to enjoy the poems individually, as well as to follow the arc of the narrative. Timeless love is the theme, and timeless writing is the goal. Check.
Topics: Gertrude Olga Down, The Book Band, Tower Poetry Society, Lake Erie, Potlatch Publications,...
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Graphic designer Jennifer Kaye has worked in every aspect of the arts, from practitioner, to facilitator and consultant. She has a wide range of interests and experience which places her in the perfect position to support art and artists.
Topics: Theatre production, Binbrook Little Theatre, writing, Saltfleet High School, Stoney Creek, U of T,...
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From the age of three John Miecznikowski reached out to art to help him interpret and explore the world around him. He asked his uncle who had just returned from World War II to sit for him in his uniform. Since then he has sculpted such luminaries as Margaret Atwood and David Suzuki. Tune in to Art Waves #397 and delight in some beautiful mystery, as you listen to a born storyteller talk about being born to art.
Topics: Hamilton Ontario, Viet Nam draft, Lackawanna, portraiture, 1947 two-door Ford, perspective,...
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Alan Walker returns to Art Waves to talk about his latest book, Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times . His interview responses are as eloquent and engaging as the book, which is saying a lot. After ten years of research and exploration, Dr. Walker has emerged with an understanding of this enduringly fascinating genius that will have you longing to hear more ... and he will tell you how you can.
Topics: Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt, McMaster University, sources, Polish scholars, Governor General's...
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Jul 20, 2020
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Why is Hamilton one of the luckiest cities in North America? Partly because we have musician Michael Schulte playing and teaching here, and directing Chamber Music Hamilton, a classical music concert series that brings the world's best chamber quartets to us at a very affordable price. ≈ For live music played on period instruments, as well as for a lively conversation, join us for Art Waves #395. For good measure we decided to add Michael Schulte playing a CBC prerecorded presentation of...
Topics: Hugh Fraser, Chamber Music Hamilton, Winnipeg Symphone, Toronto Philharmonia, theremin, violin,...
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The purpose of a poem, according to Leo Dragtoe, is to capture the rhythm of the moment. As both a poet and a singer/songwriter, he is caught in the overlap between music and poetry. This is a delightful episode of Art Waves which will make you rethink the words tune in .
Topics: Hamilton Ontario, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Disability Poetics Issue 12.2, Leonard Cohen,...
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After six long years, and in the midst of the pandemic lockdown, Art Waves brings Stan White back to the program to talk, as no one else can, about poetry, why it matters and how it works. At 90 he's as sharp and creative as ever, sharing old gems and poems hot off the press of his brilliant mind.
Topics: Archibald Macleish, isolation, Tai Grove, Hidden Brook Press, pankus, George Whibbs, Glenhyrst Art...
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Mohawk Tuscarora writer, Janet Marie Rogers, believes that artists have a responsibility to tell the truth. She has been doing this through poetry, broadcasting, film-making and now publishing. She lived in Victoria, B.C. on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish People, where she was Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2015. But since moving back home to Six Nations in Ontario, Rogers feels her voice has gained strength. Listen to her; I'm sure you will agree.
Topics: Six Nations, Mohawk Tuscarora, Victoria BC unceded Territory of the Coast Salish People, Poet...
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Marg Heidebrecht's first book, In the Shade: Friendship, Loss, and the Bruce Trail, revolves around the three themes of its subtitle.  It came about when her friend Pam died not long after the two of them completed their four year project of hiking the Bruce Trail end to end.  The walk provided the perfect context for Marg when she needed to explore the loss of a dear friend.
Topics: Bruce Trail, death, friendship, Pam Will, Al Will, hiking, ESL, Freisen Press, grief, loss...
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This is Art Waves' first Zoom interview, taped June 25 th , 2020 during the Covid19 pandemic lockdown, when we had to work from home. John Terpstra graciously volunteered to let me practice on him, so the interview is a bit shorter than usual, 40 minutes instead of 55. There are a few blips now and then, to do with band width or something I couldn't control. I hope you enjoy the interviews I will do from now until we can get back into the studio. And I hope they help to keep you entertained and...
Topics: pandemic, George Floyd, white privilege, prayers, St. Thomas Poetry Series, David Kent, book...
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Mar 1, 2020
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With his varied skills and interests, talking to Shawn Selway is a journey and a half. Devoted to the preservation of the industrial machinery of the past, he also believes new technology “sets the horizon of possibility” for our future. To that end, we must resolve the tension between technological and political solutions to our problems. These tensions played a huge role in the mid-twentieth century medical evacuations of the Inuit from their arctic home to the Mountain Sanatorium here in...
Topics: TS Eliot's Wasteland, From Ritual to Romance, grail legends, The Quest for the Historic Jesus,...
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Patricia Peacock-Evans has been working with her hands all her life, sewing, cooking, making things. There were a number of architects and artists in her family, including her father and sister. She did everything but paint, until she was in her forties. Watercolour is her medium, and her paintings are luminous, gorgeous. Listen & be inspired.
Topics: Lawson Woodward, Lorne Toews, DVSA, Alexandra Day, illustration, Good Dog Carl, watercolour...
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As an indigenous writer who is also queer, John Hill is used to “two-eyed seeing”, that is understanding the world one way, but being fully versed in how more mainstream people see it. Being a poet as well, perhaps he could be said to practice three-eyed seeing, but then, as the wise ones in his culture say, each of us contains multitudes. Tune in to John Hill for a peaceful Art Waves filled with wisdom and vision.
Topics: Hamilton Arts & Letters, Johannah Bird, Janet Marie Rogers, Kaitlin Debicki, epic poems, sci fi...
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Elizabeth Tessier is a Hamilton poet whose latest collection, Frozen Charlotte , was released in 2019 as part of Frog Hollow Press's Dis/ability Series. Poem by poem, Tessier chronicles her life with early-onset Parkinson's. From its title and cover, through each exquisitely crafted poem, this is a heart-breakingly honest and beautiful book.
Topics: Jeff Tessier, Gary Barwin, Mohawk College, Seba Smith, Victorian dolls, Parkinson's Disease, Shane...
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Leon Eklipz Robinson has the golden touch. From childhood on he has been good, in fact excellent, at pretty well everything he tries: visual art, breakdancing, writing, making music, designing clothes, running a business, mentoring children, spearheading projects, photography, videography, and more. The Concrete Canvas Festival is his brainchild, and that one initiative has built skills, confidence and community. Connect with a genius, of the intellect as well as the heart, with episode 385 of...
Topics: Concrete Canvass Graffiti Showcase & Festival, Crown A' Thornz, hip hop, Letraset,...
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Sally Cooper says literature and stories are how we tell the world to ourselves. Her third novel, With My Back to the World , released in 2019 by Wolsak & Wynn, explores one day in the life of each of three different women, living in different time periods. One is in her early 20s, one in her early 40s, and the third--real life Canadian abstract artist, Agnes Martin, is in her early 60s. Through them she examines motherhood, art and faith.
Topics: Minden, Bobcaygeon, colonization roads, motherhood, art, faith, Haiti, international adoptions,...
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After several years of writing a column about the growing demographic that considers itself spiritual but not religious (now known as SBNRs), journalist Anne Bokma wanted to try for herself some of the things she'd been describing. Thus her book, My Year of Living Spiritually: From Woo-Woo to Wonderful—One Woman's Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life. Art Waves invites you to let Bokma be your travel guide toward the spiritual. We promise you a wonderful trip.
Topics: SBNR or Spiritual but not Religious, Broadview Magazine, The United Church Observer, Newfoundland...
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Knowing that portraiture reduces the invisibility that can grow up around a person, Leslie Sasaki wanted to go even farther. With scotch tape he created brilliant portraits of some of the denizens of the 541 Eatery on Barton Street East in Hamilton Ontario, a cafe which has community-building between mainstream citizens and the marginalized as its mandate. He then mounted the portraits in the transom windows of 541 where “they are animated by the daily light”. For a penetrating &...
Topics: The 541 Eatery, Faces of 541, The Invisibility Project, The Hamilton Spectator, Jeff Mahoney,...
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On his way to begin medical school, Joseph Hartman was struck from his horse, as it were, by the clear understanding that if he became a doctor, the artist he already knew he was would remain forever undeveloped. So he changed course and became a professional photographer. He has never regretted the decision.
Topics: John Hartman, Edward Burtynsky, AGH, McMaster Museum of Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Georgian...
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Born & raised in Armenia, Max Ratevosian was chosen from his grade 4 class to study ballet. Many others were also chosen, but most fell off the track. He continued, learning from brilliant teachers, and eventually moving to Canada and becoming one himself. He is Artistic/Executive Director & Ballet Master for both the Hamilton City Ballet & the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts. Ballet, he says, is live art, and his life story reflects that.
Topics: Yancieth Paniagua, Yerevan Armenia, Theatre of Opera & Ballet, St. Petersburg Academy of...
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Born & raised in Wiarton, Ontario, Raymond Gilbert had no idea what he wanted to do with his life beyond storing memories of his happy childhood on the shores of Georgian Bay. Thanks to a Latin teacher who saw promise in him, he became a doctor. Now Gilbert is spending his retirement playing with words and paint & examining the life that, as a child, he simply lived.
Topics: Wiarton, When Time Was a Little Slower, Andrew Armitage, The Owen Sound Sun Times, John Keats, Sir...
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The Hamilton Arts Council has had a special project in the works for a few years now. It's called Building Cultural Legacies & it's a digital storytelling platform that aims to “narrate the creative landscape” of the visual arts in Hamilton between 1950 & 2000. As it is about to be launched, Art Waves invited Project Director Christopher McLeod & Content Curator Alexis Moline to come in and tell us about it.
Topics: Building Cultural Legacies, Hamilton Arts Council, sexual diversity, museums, AGH, Hamilton Public...
In early November of 2004, Hamilton police shut down the protest camps in the Red Hill Valley & the building of the Parkway began—with clear-cutting of the trees. All of this was documented by Cees van Gemerden, who was able to keep such a thorough record because his wife and fellow photographer, Annerie van Gemerden, supported the family. Artist & writer Robert Clark Yates was often with the protesters, & wrote poems, articles & letters to the Spectator . Writer John Terpstra...
Topics: Red Hill Valley, Don McLean, Jane Mulkewich, Citizens at City Hall, Thomas McQuesten, HA&L, The...
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Ever wondered why some places are inherently scary? And is it even scarier if a normal, safe place becomes the scene of horror in a book or movie? Where's the line between horror and thrillers... or is there one? For a lively discussion of the role of landscape and setting in horror, don't miss this episode of Art Waves.
Topics: Hamilton as Horror City, Guillermo del Toro, the Scottish Rite, Crimson Peak, spooky Victorian, The...
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After decades of rejections, Paul Lisson has just had his first book of poetry published (with Guernica Editions). It's called The Perfect Archive, with the word Perfect scratched out. He says if it had been accepted even five years ago it would be an entirely different book. Perhaps this protracted period of development accounts for the book's sophistication, wit and gravitas.
Topics: archive.org, Orwell's 1984, library science, The Archivists' Association of Ontario, Mike Harris,...
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When dub poet Klyde Broox visits Art Waves we always have to schedule another visit because he is such an overflowing fountain of wit and wisdom we never finish our conversation. May it always be so. In this episode we discuss memory, specifically memorizing poetry, Broox's work with people who live with schizophrenia, PoeMagic, & much more. For an unforgettable hour listen to Art Waves #374.
Topics: dub poetry, The 2018 Premiere of Ontario's Award for Excellence in the Arts, Daniel Coleman,...
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Justin & Matt Dunlop grew up in a musical household. Their father Mitch was a drummer & Uncle Bill played guitar, & when they weren't jamming—very soon with the boys—they were playing classic rock like the Beatles, The Band & Led Zeppelin. Their greatest childhood joy was noodling around and making up tunes together, & now that's their adult life as well. They've perfected an open, mellow sound that shows the seamlessness of their collaborative style, & have just...
Topics: Mitch Dunlop, Bill Dunlop, Catherine North Studios, Yamaha keyboard, Junkhouse, Big Sugar, City...
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Before the summer was out, Art Waves wanted to revisit a favourite Canadian novel set in the now iconic summer of 1969, because of course this summer marks the 50 th anniversary of the moon landing. But after wowing us with a glance back at her first novel, Nightswimming , Janet Turpin Myers fired off a second retro rocket by telling us about the novel she has just finished writing: Not Lolita , a look at Nabokov's famous book from the young girl's perspective—not the male gaze, but the girl...
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Before the summer was out, Art Waves wanted to revisit a favourite Canadian novel set in the now iconic summer of 1969, because of course this summer marks the 50 th anniversary of the moon landing. But after wowing us with a glance back at her first novel, Nightswimming , Janet Turpin Myers fired off a second retro rocket by telling us about the novel she has just finished writing: Not Lolita , a look at Nabokov's famous book from the young girl's perspective—not the male gaze, but the girl...
Topics: 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, Apollo 8, Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael...
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For decades Lori Le Mare has lived a kind of masquerade, practicing how to make one material look like another. She can make cheap materials look like expensive ones. She can fly above a crowd like a bird, like a vision. She can do these things because she herself is completely real, a brilliant woman who says yes to every inspiring opportunity. For a transformative hour, tune in to Art Waves #371.
Topics: Miss Burlington, Peggy Hannah, Miss Canada Pageant, The Broadway Cinema, Jon Zemitis, decorative...
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Jennifer Hicks believes in the power of art to heal and to build community. She finds her strongest role models for this in Indigenous communities. There, & elsewhere, she takes in the challenges & opportunities, & then makes a path through art to discover what needs to happen. Be it creating narrative art, making block prints with stone rubbings, mentoring, leading a workshop, or organizing an event, Jennifer Hicks can do it, with a little help from her friends.
Topics: The Snow Lake Initiative, J'aime Payne, Teresa Seton Gallery, Donna Ibing, Jackie Partridge, willow...
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The universe seems to want Peter Fischer to paint. Several serendipitous encounters set him on his path, and he has learned to pay attention to the details. For a time his “day job” was retouching photographs, where one of the things he learned was how to paint peoples' eyes open. As a painter of landscapes, he is still doing that.
Topics: advertising & graphic design, Humber College, paste-up artist, photo retouching, freelancing,...
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Art chose Mita Giacomini when she was a small child, & she retired early from a career in science to devote her attention to it. As a fiber artist she has developed a new form called surface weaving. It is complex & time-consuming & Giacomini couldn't be happier with it. Painterly in effect, the results allow for breathtaking detail, vibrant colour & a masterful weaving of abstract & realistic art. [We apologize for the occasional background noise caused by Mohawk College...
Topics: Carnegie Gallery, surface weaving, fiber arts, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Maggie Vanderweit,...
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“ ...every journey has a beginning that quite actually provides for it.” So says Jeffery Donaldson in his introduction to Viaticum , his latest book newly released from Porcupine's Quill. It's a collection of quotes from the notebooks he's kept over the past twenty years or so. Concerning everything from inspiration to death, these quotes give great insight into the germination and subsequent development of ideas. Jeffery Donaldson is always fascinating, and never more so than here, talking...
Topics: viaticum, note-keeping, George Picard, Peter Elbow, free writing, George Murray, aphorisms, Stephen...
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A playwright, actor, singer, filmmaker, animal lover, feminist and all round passionate woman, Radha Menon will leave you breathless. She has two new plays opening soon, a short film in preproduction, as well as material for a documentary, and the beginnings of a memoir simmering. Her anger is as infectious as her laughter. Tune in for the fascinating details, and prepare to be energized.
Topics: landlord/tenant board, Hamilton Aerial Group, stilt walking, Pressure Points, Hamilton Artists...
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Kirk Starkey discovered the cello when he was 7 years old, and has never been far from one since. Currently he plays on a mysterious 18 th century beauty from somewhere in Bohemia. Besides teaching music at Mohawk College, Starkey composes, produces, writes for television and film, and is a member of the esteemed group Quartetto Gelato. He has even restored old 911 calls to help police solve cold cases. Kirk Starkey's remarkable life gives new meaning to the concept of pulling strings to make...
Topics: Quartetto Gelato, Westdale Theatre, Treviso Italy, Fabrica Benetton, The Death Penalty Opera,...
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The Dundas Museum & Archives has a new exhibition called Dundas Inspired, which documents chronologically the history of art in The Valley Town. The person who gathered and hung it is Austin Strutt, the Museum's Exhibitions Coordinator. Austin is also an old movies buff who made big art waves with his impressions of Orson Welles and Jimmy Stewart. Come to Bedford Falls—oops, I mean Dundas—for a delightful hour of connecting the dots between history and art.
Topics: Dundas Museum & Archives, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, Bert Dorpmans, McMaster Framing, Dundas...
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Welsh-born artist Gillian Song credits her mother with giving her an eye for beauty by filling the house with beautiful flowers from her garden. However, the seed didn't bear fruit until Song was a young wife and mother in Sault Ste. Marie, when she took a summer art course & fell in love with drawing & painting, & knew she wanted to explore every form of visual art. It has been one of the great joys of her life.
Topics: DVSA Auction, The Nursing Mirror, Ira Dodd, paper dolls, London, Charing Cross, Laurence Olivier,...
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Born in Mumbai & raised in Dubai, Jamshed Turel fell in love with classical music as a young child. He began playing violin at age six, requiring a series of small tuxedos as he grew up, in order to play with the various orchestras that welcomed him. At thirteen he became the youngest player ever to join the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. Now the Coordinator of the Music Department at Mohawk, as well as co-founder of Artist World Publishing, Turel somehow also finds time to write music for film...
Topics: McGill, Mohawk College, Riad Kudsi, Dubai, UAE, HAALSA, Tom & Jerry, Liszt, Hans Zimmer, Thomas...
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Mohawk artist & filmmaker Shelley Niro has just launched her new feature film, The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She didn't arrive at the AGO in a limo & step onto a red carpet amid the paparazzi, but she's having a lot of fun just the same. She is spending her life exploring art in all its forms to help fill the vacuum of positive indigenous images. Known for her sense of humour, Shelley Niro will delight and energize you.
Topics: Six Nations, Venice Biennale, Kissed by Lightning, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival,...
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The prolific Shane Neilson, who is also a family man & a medical doctor, has three books coming out within a year of each other; two are collections of literary criticism, and the third is a volume of new poetry. Mathematically, this bests even his own philosophy that writers should tithe, devoting ten per cent of their writing time to the work of other writers through criticism. He believes that if more criticism were written about poetry, it would change the literary landscape. Shane...
Topics: Daniel Coleman, the posture of reading, New Brunswick, metaphor, the Univ. of Guelph, Erin Ontario,...
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The Rosewood Consort, a group of mostly recorder players, with viola da gamba and harpsichord thrown in, plays music from 1200 to 1800 C.E. Four of them joined me in the Art Waves studio for a live concert: Bob Rivers, Nan Coolsma, Waltraud Peka & Helen Ramsdale. Their skill and knowledge of music will enchant you. Close your eyes and do a little time travelling with The Rosewood Consort.
Topics: Shakespeare, 12th Night, Henry Purcell, Col. Henry Heveningham, recorder, viola da gamba, capped...
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In an antique store a slim volume with nothing on its spine intrigued Jeffery Donaldson. He pulled it down to find it was a book of poems entitled Hamilton, written by a William A. Stephens—in 1840! Not far away, in the attic of the family home he had inherited, George Matheson was intrigued by a portrait of a mysterious man and six of his rather interesting diaries. The man was William A. Stephens. How Jeffery and George found each other and have continued to learn more about the “Pioneer...
Topics: Esquesing, Georgetown, Upper Canada, 19th century Canadian poetry, the Hamilton escarpment, Mark...
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Tom Wilson's life story is a compelling one & he explores it through music, visual art & literature. He quotes Bob Dylan as saying “We're not always born in the places we're supposed to be.” Having found out in recent years, not only that he was adopted, but that he's indiginous, Wilson says identity is the key. Once we find out who we are, we have something to offer. Broken wide open, Tom Wilson is feeling stronger than ever before, and his art reflects this. For a voice & a...
Topics: Mohawk, identity, Beautiful Scars, Lee Harvey Osmond, Oh Susanna, indiginous culture, J.J. Cale,...
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Power couple Cees & Annerie van Gemerden share a passion for photography that has transformed their adopted city of Hamilton. For example, by shining their lenses on our toxic waterfront, they played a huge role in having the area cleaned up and opened to the public. For an inspiring hour of stories with a truly wise and brilliant couple, listen to Art Waves #356.
Topics: Liberation Day, The Hague, Joop van Straaten, Kodak Brownie, the Dutch Navy, bomb shelter, the...